How to Make Stove Top Popcorn

News Alert: We don’t own a microwave. When we bought our house four years ago, we never got ourselves a microwave. A few years later, we still don’t have a microwave and either enjoy left overs cold or just use the stove top or oven. So needless to say, popcorn isn’t necessarily a go-to around our house. Recently, I’ve started making popcorn on the stove top, and let me tell you – it’s wonderful!

Stove top popcorn is really quite easy and doesn’t require anything fancy, although you could get a popcorn pot. I love making popcorn myself because I can control all the ingredients¬†plus I can make whatever flavor I want. And, it really does come together quickly!

All you need is a lightweight pot that you can easily shake, which needs to have a lid; popcorn kernels; olive oil or butter; salt. That’s it!

To a pot, you’ll just add olive oil and kernels. Then, you put the lid on and listen for the popping. Turn the heat down and shake shake shake that pot, occasionally stopping to allow the steam to escape. Listen for the popping to slow down, as you would a microwaveable popcorn, and keep your heat at medium to medium low – sniff out the burn!


You could even *shake up* the flavor:

  • Ranch dressing mix packet
  • Salt & pepper
  • Garlic powder & salt
  • Lemon pepper & salt
  • Slap Ya Mama or other spicy seasoning
  • PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • Sugar & cinnamon

A little bit of kernels goes a long way! Just a 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels will make about 7 cups of popcorn!

Do you make popcorn on the stove top? What are you favorite toppings?!

Stove Top Popcorn

Forget microwaveable popcorn, make your own & enjoy all your favorite toppings! 
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Servings 7 cups


  • 1/4 c popcorn kernels
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • salt to taste, or favorite toppings


  • Over medium heat, combine the kernels and oil. Stir to coat the kernels in oil. 
  • Place cover on the pot. 
  • When you hear the first kernel pop, remove from the heat for 30 seconds. 
  • After 30 seconds, place the pot back on the heat, shaking until the kernels pop completely. 
  • While shaking, occasionally tilt the lid ever so slightly to allow steam to escape. If your popcorn tries to escape or the pot gets too full, remove some of the popped corn into a bowl and then continue shaking with the lid on. 
  • When the popping slows down to 5-10 seconds between popping, remove from the heat. 


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